Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Getting down to some serious work

After leaving my characters to do all the talking over the past few months, I thought it was about time I said hello and gave you an update on The Accidental Guru.

Things are not going well. If prevarication were an Olympic sport, I'd be captain of the England team and on for a gold medal in 2012. The first draft of The Accidental Guru is finished and parts of it are just luscious (even though I do say so myself). However, it's also huge, more War & Peace than women's fiction, and the re-writes are taking for ever because Twitter is such a terrible distraction.

I love my tweeps - they're so funny and endlessly fascinating - but by the time I've checked their blog posts, the publishers' new releases and seen photos of the ladies' new shoes, the morning's gone and I've wasted hours. Every single day.

If 2,000 tweets average out at 20 words each, this adds up to a 40,000 word novella, written in bursts of 140 characters. When put like that, it brings into very sharp focus the amount of time I've spent away from my work in progress since joining Twitter.

Therefore, as well as chocolate, I'm giving up Twitter for Lent. When I took a year out to study recently, I didn't log on once and ended up earning an MA with a distinction. This time around, I'll settle for some brilliant edits and a novel of distinction ready to submit to agents.

I'd still love to hear from people though so please leave me a comment here or let me know how you're getting on by email. I can be found at Laura (dot) Essendine (at) gmail.com.

Wish me luck. Lots of Love - Laura x x

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